Lilian Marijnissen would like to join the SP in the next coalition, but her supporters are critical of board. The party must, above all, stick to its own principles and positions, even if that means that it may not be able to participate, say 49 percent of SP voters in an Ipsos survey commissioned by Nieuwsuur.
36 percent do choose influence and “even if that means that they may have to give up some of their principles and points of view”. The rest does not make a choice between the two options.
But Marijnissen is clear: “We want to make the Netherlands fairer, the closer you are to power, the easier it goes,” she says in Nieuwsuur.
The question is whether it is electoral clever for the party. Because SP voters are very hard on their own party, according to recent research by COELO, affiliated with the University of Groningen.
If the SP controls locally, the party loses on average about 40% of the seats in the next municipal elections. Parties lose an average of five percent of the seats if they delivered aldermen at the previous round.
Whether or not to ride along, it is one of the issues that led to a hard collision with Red youth party. The SP youngsters are explicitly opposed to government participation and want a more left-hand and activistic approach. “We feel that the party is not next to young people,” says Arno van der Veen, former chairman of Rood.
The SP does not give Rood any more money, partly because the youth branch after Van der Veen chose a chairman who was disbarred from the SP. Some other Red members were also expelled from the SP because of membership of communist groups who wrote about matters such as armed class struggle.
Does the SP really want to make it up to you?
The party is investigating how to resolve the argument with Red. But internal communication shows that the party is already setting up another youth branch under the name young in the SP. It causes suspicion about Rood: does the party really want to make up for it with the youth club?
Van der Veen wonders what the party wants to achieve with the collision. He points out that the SP can use young growing very well. In the IPSOS study, only 4.8 percent of 18 to 34 year olds say they are going to vote for the SP. That would translate into seven Chamber seats, while the party now has fourteen. Among all Dutch people, the SP reaches 6.2 percent at Ipsos.
Other left-wing parties are doing better with young people. For example, 10% of young voters want to vote on the Green Left. Among all the Dutch, this party reaches six percent.
SP must fight racism
Van der Veen thinks that the SP frightens young people. Many young left-wing people think it is important for politics to speak out on issues like Black Lives Matter, he says, but when he himself wanted to participate in a demonstration, he received an angry call from a party spokesman. “Why are we not side by side with this movement fighting racism and exclusion?”
Marijnissen recognizes that the SP has difficulty binding young people. “The themes that are now relevant to young people, such as climate change, other parties are better able to highlight them.”
But she also believes that the SP is very strongly opposed to racism, for example around the payment affair. “It is precisely our MP Renske Leijten who has put the use of nationality on the agenda in risk selections and is fighting it together with parents. It is precisely she who is fighting racism in our government. I am very proud of that.”
Does Marijnissen say “white “or “white “? In Nieuwsuur Van der Veen went into a discussion with Marijnissen about themes that young people think are important:
How progressive the left must be a workers party like the SP, is a question that is also internally related to migration. The SP advocates “regulation of labour migration”, says Marijnissen. And the party believes that the Netherlands should accept refugees “within Europe our fair share” and want to “receive properly people who have the right to be here”.
The SP voter seems to want to be stricter than the party. On the statement immigration from outside Europe to the Netherlands should be curtailed as far as possible, 49 percent of SP voters say that they agree (fully). 27% disagree or disagree, and the rest remain neutral or have no opinion.
Thus, SP voters of all left-wing voters are most opposed to immigration. 17% of the GreenLeft voters want immigration to be curtailed as much as possible. Half disagree with this statement.